bhagwant mann: 3 people booked for the sale of 273 fake plane tickets after the threat of self-immolation by the tour operator | News Ludhiana

Ludhiana: A week after a Ludhiana-based travel agent threatened to self-immolate at Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s Janta Darbar, police on Monday booked three people on his complaint of cheating him out of Rs 2 .50 crore by giving him fake 273 plane tickets.
The victim also alleged that the trio cheated many other Punjab travel agents out of at least Rs 9.78 crore using a similar modus operandi. The defendants are Deepak Raj of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Pakhowal Road, his wife Saru Singh and his assistant Deepak Sharma of Adarsh ​​Nagar, Chandigarh Road. Complainant Navpreet Singh of Manakwal is a travel agent whose company provides students with air tickets for educational trips abroad.
Navpreet claimed he had at least 256 agents on his contact list. In 2021, the accused had approached him saying they had a pre-purchased bundle of 400 plane tickets to Canada for students which were cheaper than normal tickets. Navpreet booked these 273 tickets to Canada and paid the defendant through bank transactions. The accused provided him with the itineraries, promising to deliver the tickets two days before the date of the trip.
Navpreet told police that: ‘But the accused provided us with fake tickets, we only found out after we reached the airport. My company had to pay a considerable sum on the spot for tickets for the Canada When we contacted the airline, it turned out that they had not sold any batches of tickets to the accused.
On May 16, Navpreet reached Janta Darbar from CM, where he threatened to self-immolate if the police did not book the accused within 10 days. Subsequently, the investigation accelerated.